Grants & Funding Opportunities

ISDA Grants

All applications for ISDA grants must be accompanied by a W-9 and Direct Deposit Authorization form:

Livestock Grants

Status: Closed (Applications are no longer being accepted at this time)

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture's livestock grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations to foster growth within the Hoosier livestock industry. Educational programs, livestock shows/exhibitions, conventions and similar events and projects are eligible to apply for livestock promotion funding. The market development grant provides funding for value-added feasibility studies, research projects, market development and other projects that encourage the development of business and industry related to livestock production, processing and distribution. Both the livestock promotion and market development grants will reimburse up to 50 percent of the amount spent to conduct or support the projects, programs and events outlined in each of the grants. To view the 2018 Livestock Grant Recipients, click here

The grants are open to non-profit organizations, commissions and associations with a nonprofit status involving the following livestock species: cattle, swine, sheep, equine, goats, poultry, camelids, ostriches, cervidae, bison, aquaculture and rabbits.

Specialty Crop Block Grant

Status: Open (All proposals are due by March 22, 2019)

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

For guidance on the grant program, please reference the above documents or contact Karrie Cashdollar at or 317.910.4782.

All proposals are due by March 22, 2019.

Specialty Crop Multi-state Grant Program

Status: Closed (Applications are no longer being accepted at this time)

Funded by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the Specialty Crop Multi-State Grant Program offers grants to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address the following regional or national level specialty crop issues: food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion.

To ensure collaboration, every project must include at least two out-of-state partners, which can be made up of state agencies, tribal governments, universities, non-profits and other specialty crop organizations. The partners are encouraged to develop projects that bring together teams to research and cultivate solutions to address the needs of specialty crop growers.

USDA's AMS specifically encourages projects that will:

  • Develop adaptation and mitigation strategies for farmers in drought-stricken regions of the country.
  • Increase opportunities for new and beginning farmers.
  • Develop strong local and regional food systems.
  • Protect pollinator habitats and improve pollinator health.
  • Support the growth of organic specialty crops.
  • Benefit underserved communities and veterans.
  • Involve contributions to the project by partners of cash and/or in-kind resources as appropriate.
  • Improve producer and facility capacity to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

For guidance on the grant program, please reference the following documents or contact Karrie Cashdollar at or 317.910.4782.

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is no longer accepting applications for this grant.

Clean Water Indiana Grants

Status: Closed (Applications are no longer being accepted at this time)

The Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Program was established to provide financial assistance to landowners and conservation groups. The financial assistance supports the implementation of conservation practices which will reduce nonpoint sources of water pollution through education, technical assistance, training, and cost sharing programs. The CWI fund is administered by the Division of Soil Conservation under the direction of the State Soil Conservation Board. Learn more

Federal Grants and Foundation Funding Conservation

ADM Cares

No Submission Dates: The Archer Daniels Midland-ADM Cares program supports safe, responsible, and environmentally sound agricultural practices in critical growing regions in North America, South America, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. The program provides grant support in the following focus areas: health and safety programs for farm workers and children who live on farms, responsible use of agricultural chemicals, sustainable farming practices, and rehabilitation and preservation of environmentally sensitive lands. Online applications may be submitted at any time. Learn more

Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Inc.

No Submission Dates: Average grant award is around $5,000 and funds can be used for computer and office technology of all kinds, specialized software to drive GIS mapping, GPS ground-truthing equipment, water-quality testing equipment, work tools and equipment including vehicles and boats, and educational materials. Learn more

Surdna Foundation Grants

No Submission Dates: Grants for non-profit organizations for environmental projects. Learn more

Captain Planet Foundation

Due: March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 annually: Funds can be used by non-profit organizations to promote understanding of environmental issues by focusing on hands-on involvement. Involvement of children and young adults 6-18 (elementary through high school) is required. Learn more

Miscellaneous Grants

CHS Foundation-Mini grants for College Ag. Clubs

No submission dates: Grants of up to $1,000 to innovative leadership and professional development programs with an agriculture focus.  Examples include leadership training opportunities, mentorship programs, professional development experiences, and student fundraising efforts. The applicant must be a campus-sanctioned club/organization and have an agriculture-related focus. Learn more

Pioneer-Corporate Giving Grant Program

No submission dates: Learn more

Pioneer Community Investment Grant

Non-profit based organizations are eligible to apply for projects that focus on Agriculture, Farm Safety and Science Education. Applications are accepted on an on going basis. Learn more

Grant Information

Any organization that wishes to apply for a federal grant must have certain information ready for the registration process. You first need to check with your Grant Administrator or Chief Financial Officer since your organization may already have a DUNS Number and be registered with CCR.  The Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number is a unique identifier for your organization required by the federal government to track how federal grant money is distributed. DUNS Numbers are issued by Dun & Bradstreet. If your organization does not already have a DUNS Number you can apply for one free of charge. Learn more

Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is the primary registrant database for the federal government. Any organization seeking federal grants on is required to register. Learn more

To ensure the electronic submission of your grant applications is secure, you will need to complete an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) profile and create a username and password. To complete an AOR profile and create a username and password click here.

Helpful Websites For Grant Seekers

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance

The Catalog (CFDA), issued annually and updated continuously on the Web, describes some 1600 federal grants and non financial assistance programs. Grant seekers can identify programs that might support their projects and can learn the program's objectives, requirements, application procedures and contacts. Learn more

Community Foundations in the State of Indiana

Find community foundations in your area using an interactive map. Learn more

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy(Department of Energy)

Grants are EERE's primary funding vehicle for businesses, industries, universities and others. Most EERE grants are awarded on merit on a competitive basis. Learn more

Federal website that allows eligible grant seekers to find and apply for current competitive grant opportunities from ALL federal agencies. The website guides grant seekers in obtaining a DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet) number and registering at to apply and to track applications. Learn more

The Foundation Center

Gateway to information about private funding sources, the grant seeking process, guidelines on writing a grant proposal, addresses of state libraries with grants reference collections, and links to other useful Internet websites. The Center maintains a comprehensive database on foundations; produces print and electronic directories and guides; conducts research and publishes studies in the field; and offers a variety of training and educational seminars. Learn more

Additional Funding Opportunities is a federal website that allows eligible grant seekers to find and apply for current competitive grant opportunities from ALL federal agencies. The website guides grant seekers in obtaining a DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet) number and registering at to apply and to track applications. Grant seekers can view all eligibility requirements on suggested  funding opportunities and related documents by searching the CFDA number in on the website. 
  • CFDA Number(s): 10.319 -- Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grants Program
  • CFDA Number(s): 5.681 -- Cooperative Agriculture
  • CFDA Number(s): 10.329 -- Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program
  • CFDA Number(s): 10.226 -- Secondary and Two-Year Postsecondary Agriculture Education Challenge Grants